30 Days of Self-Care Information and Strategies – Kristin Cowart, MSW, LCSW
“Emotional Contagion” is the ability to directly or indirectly affect the emotions and behaviors of others. It is not always a bad thing. Spreading happiness is great, but negative emotions can spread just as easily. This is especially important if you’re in a position of power, such as a teacher, parent, supervisor or other leader, as others look to you as a source of guidance and support during difficult times. Learn more about Emotional Contagion: Why Emotions Are Contagious.
But how can we spread calm and resilience, when we are being bombarded with negative and sometimes scary messages all the time? How can we cope with our own anxiety and frustration? To learn more read “Emotional Contagion and the COVID-19,” by Dr. Barbara Ford Shabazz.
And remember… the goal is not only to be kind and understanding towards others, but most importantly to first be kind and understanding toward yourself.